The promised integration has arrived. Here is a first look at analytics powered by SAP HANA for SAP Business One.

Last year, SAP revealed plans to integrate SAP HANA into SAP Business One, its solution for small and medium enterprises (SMEs). It was to be the first SAP solution to run completely on the HANA platform. SAP announced yesterday that the promised integration has arrived. Analytics powered by SAP HANA for SAP Business One is entering ramp-up at the end of February, and general availability is planned for the end of 2012.

SAP HANA for SAP Business One

Thanks to the new integration with SAP HANA, SAP Business One now includes predefined reports that allow users to conduct data-intensive analyses, such as inventory analysis, as well as predefined dashboards to display business insights. These dashboards were previously included with SAP Crystal Reports software, but on HANA they can now be delivered up to 25 times faster.

Furthermore, analytics powered by HANA provides customers with three new dashboards for sales opportunity, stock analysis, and CEO key performance indicators.

One of the most exciting new features is the ability to search for information across the entire SAP Business One application. Users don’t need to know where the data is stored; they can simply enter a search term and get results in seconds, Google-style.

SAP HANA for SAP Business One will be available to both new and existing SAP Business One customers exclusively from certified SAP channel partners worldwide. Subsidiaries of large enterprises that are running SAP Business One, however, need not apply. SAP HANA integration is limited to stand-alone SAP Business One customers. These companies must be running the latest release of SAP Business One (version 8.82) to take advantage of the integrated analytics. If customers are running an older version, they’ll have to license the 8.82 version separately.

Companies interested in purchasing SAP HANA for SAP Business One should note that they must license the same number of users for the analytics function as they have for SAP Business One.